10 Suicide Bridges People Are Most Likely to Jump Off

The bridges, designed and built to provide a passage, often become a way between life and death. High constructions spanning across valleys, rivers and large bodies of waters, draw those who lost their hope. Such fatal places where many decided to took their lives acquired a notorious nickname “ the suicide bridge”.

 

1. The Golden Gate Bridge

Sad statistics: 1,500 deaths, approximately 30 suicides per year

 

By ateliergcj

 

The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, the USA, is the most popular suicide destination in the world. It was the longest suspension bridge span in the world when it was completed in 1937. It connects the city of San Francisco on the northern tip of the San Francisco Peninsula to Marin County.

An icon of the city has also become a Mecca for those who want to end their lives. People have been known to travel to San Francisco specifically to jump off the bridge as approximately 75 m (245 feet) above the water is high enough for 98% falls to be fatal.

According to unofficial estimates around 1,500 people jumped into the water from the bridge’s deck.

 

By ateliergcj

 

In 2006 Eric Steel , a filmmaker, released its controversial documentary The Bridge , in which he captured a number of suicide jumps and thwarted attempts.

See an interview with a provocative director Eric Steel.

 

2. The Clifton Suspension Bridge

Sad statistics: 1,000 deaths, approximately 4 suicides per year after new barriers added in 1998

By ktvyeow

 

The Clifton Suspension Bridge, spanning the beautiful Avon Gorge, in Bristol, UK, was opened in 1864 and designed for light horse drawn traffic. It still meets the demands of 21st century commuter traffic with 11-12,000 motor vehicles crossing it every day. Unfortunately since its earliest days the bridge has also been attracting those deprived of hope.

 

By Bert Palmer

 

Around 1000 people lost their lives jumping into the water. Among those unfortunate souls was one lucky one – In 1885, a 22-year-old woman named Sarah Ann Henley survived a fall from the bridge when her billowing skirts acted as a parachute, and subsequently lived into her eighties.

 

3. The Aurora Bridge

Sad statistics: over 230 deaths

By .shyam

 

The Aurora Bridge, in Seattle, Washington, 51m (167 ft) above the water, is the second deadliest suicide bridge in the USA. The first suicide occurred in January 1932 before the construction was completed. Since its opening in February 1932, there have been 230 suicide falls. In December 2006, six emergency phones and 18 signs were installed on the bridge to encourage people to seek help instead of jumping.

 

By J. Kraemer

 

4. The Nanjing Bridge

Sad statistics: about 1,000 deaths (unofficial records)

 

By Rescue Dog

 

The Nanjing Bridge over the Yangtze in China is a national symbol for Chinese. After the withdrawal of Soviet experts, following the Sino-Soviet Split, China was thought to be unable to build a bridge on such a scale without outside support. The project was undertaken to prove that Chinese engineers were able to overcome this perceived lack of ability. Unfortunately the bridge also gained a fatal fame of a suicide spot as up to 1,000 people are believed to have died by jumping off it since its completion in 1968.

 

By Rescue Dog

 

However in 2004 one local man began voluntarily patrolling this fatal spot and has persuaded dozens of people not to kill themselves. Chen Si patrolled the bridge over the weekends when he did not have to go to work. He talked to people who seemed depressed. His message was simple "You only have one life, please give yourself a chance. The sun is bound to shine brighter tomorrow”. The BBC reported the story in 2005, but I hope that the man or others like him are still around.

 

5. Netty Jetty Bridge

Sad statistics: about 1,000 deaths (unofficial records)

 

By Umair Moshin

 

According to unofficial statistics, around 200 people jumped from 100-year-old Netty Jetty Bridge in Karachi, Pakistan. The grinding poverty, impatience and intolerance in society are seen as some of the main reasons behind the growing number of suicides in the country. A recent government study found that 4 people in Pakistan commit suicide every day.

 

6. The Nusle Bridge

Sad statistics: about 300 deaths

 

By Ondra Soukup

 

Another magnet for suicides is Nusle Bridge or Nuselsky Most in Prague opened in 1973. The extraordinary structure with metro line inside and six-lane highway on a surface has also become a spot for despaired people. There are no official statistics but the number of deaths is estimated at 300 men. 
Recently new barriers have been constructed along the length of the bridge in order to lessen the number of incidents. The new system has been tested by experienced rock climbers that couldn’t get over the barriers.

 

7. The Coronado Bridge

Sad statistics: about 200 deaths

 

By jarnott

 

The San Diego-Coronado Bridge, locally referred to as the Coronado Bridge, is
crossing over San Diego Bay in the United States, linking San Diego, California with Coronado, California. It is the third deadliest suicide bridge in the USA. Between 1972 and 2000, more than 200 suicides were committed on the bridge. Hard to believe when you look at this romantic shot above.

 

8. The Sunshine Skyway Bridge

Sad statistics: about 100 deaths

 

By Templarion

 

Another unfortunate bridge is Sunshine Skyway, spanning Florida’s Tampa Bay. Around 100 people have committed suicide by jumping from the center span into the waters of Tampa Bay since the opening of the new bridge in 1987 and many more have tried. In fact the number can be much higher. The local authorities have installed six crisis phones and began 24-hour patrols but the total number of jumpers has not significantly declined since the introduction of these safeguards.

 

9.The Prince Edward Viaduct

Sad statistics: over 400 deaths, zero since the construction of Luminous Veil barrier

 

By sssteve.o


When opened in 1918 in Toronto no one thought this majestic construction will become the popular suicide spot.  With over 400 suicides, the Viaduct ranked as the second most fatal standing structure in the world, after the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. At its peak in 1997, the suicide rate averaged one person every 22 days.

 

Luminous Veil by jennyrotten

 

This prompted the construction of a suicide barrier called the Luminous Veil . The construction was completed in 2003 and cost $5.5 million.  It is built of 9,000 rods, each 5 metres tall. It spaced 12.7 cm (5 inches) apart and held in place by steel frame. There was no suicide since the construction of the barrier, however, it is not known whether the suicide rate at other bridges in the city has risen, nor whether overall suicide rates have dropped in the city as a direct result of this structure.

 

10. The Jacques Cartier Bridge

Sad statistics: about 140 deaths, approximately 10 suicides per year before new barriers installed in 2004.

 

By nessguide

The Jacques Cartier Bridge is crossing the Saint Lawrence River in from Montreal Island, Montreal, Quebec to the south shore at Longueuil, Quebec, Canada. There are approximately 35.4 million vehicle crossings annually, making it the second busiest bridge in Canada. Unfortunately It is also the second busiest bridge in terms of suicides committed in the country.

In 2004, a suicide prevention barrier was installed. Until then the bridge saw an average of 10 suicides a year.



Comments

  1. I pray for all those people who committed suicide. Depression is a serious illiness. Please help anyone who is depress. Only theose people knows what they were feeling to take their own lifes. I was depress in the past that i wanted to die but my family help me and i seeked medical treatment i have being taking medication and i am currently working and loving my family and friends some people do not have anyone and they are not to lucky. God
    bless all those people who are gone they were extremnly depress.

  2. Jaimie…. Don’t. Just call someone first. There are so many people who can help you, and if you can’t bring yourself to talk to someone, go to the pound and pick up a puppy or kitten. There is a living being that needs you. Life is precious yours included. Even if you don’t feel connected, there is something you could be doing for someone/something else that would make living sooooo worth while.

  3. well i am debating on jumping off a bridge or shooting myself in the head. i just want to make sure i do not survive one or the other!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! please pray that i dont survive because i cant take this life any more!

  4. I’m will forever be haunted because I couldn’t talk a man out of jumping from the Coronado Bridge yesterday afternoon (June 29, 2012. He was in the car ahead of me driving to Coronado when he pulled over and got out. I passed his car but pulled over and backed right up to his car. Because we’ve had 3 similar incidents in the past month, I knew what his intentions were. I called 911 and by the time I was able to get out of my car, he was already sitting on the ledge, rocking back and forth. I’m a 5’4″ woman and I knew not to get too close, but I kept talking to him PLEADING with him not to do it. Another man pulled over behind the guys car got out and also tried to help. The man on the ledge glanced at each one of us briefly, but then went back to looking down and rocking. His lips were moving, but there was no sound, so he may have been talking to himself softly or perhaps praying. Then he went over. It was devastating. To see him fall, and see him in the water… I was yelling at the 911 operator “HE JUMPED, HE’S GONE!” The whole event, from him pulling over to jumping took only minutes, but it seemed like a seemed like an awful eternity. All last night I kept running it through my head…. “what could I have done to stop him?” Rationally, I know the answer is NOTHING… but emotionally, I’m crushed. I hurt for his family, friends and the man himself for whatever pained him so much that he would do that. If anyone else was there or knows about the man, please reply and tell me anything you can. Thank you

  5. I live in San Diego and have to go to Coronado every day for work. These inconsiderate a**holes make a scene on the bridge, as was the case this morning, and make everyone who takes the bridge to get to work go 15 minutes drive out of the way to make it to work, but then since there is only one way in the traffic is so bad it takes an extra hour. This morning the person went to jump at 3 am and they didn’t open the bridge till 7. I really wish they would just take their coward a**es over the side of the bridge right away so as not to further inconvenience everyone else. I don’t care how bad it is, you never need to kill yourself, but if you are going to be that big of an a**hole to your family and friends, keep it at that level and don’t elevate it so a whole group of strangers hate you. A woman did the same suicide act a while back and had over 5000 sailors who just got back from an extended underway right before a 7 or 8 month deployment waiting in traffic for four hours, just for her to not even have the guts to jump. I hate jumpers and fake jumpers with every fiber of my being.

  6. I was thinking of killing myself for the past 3 days. I found this site searching for ways to die. I have to believe that someone cares but it is very hard for me. I’m sorry

  7. One important bridge that is forgotten is Bosphorus Bridge in Istanbul. Each year roughly 15 people kill themselves by jumping from there. I am thinking of that too, since I seemingly have no other reasonable option. F… this world and f… my luck!

  8. well we r doing a project for class and we r really bored so we figured we will post…y r u ppl laughing at ppl who dided like wtf is wrong with that…dont laugh even tho u might reach the point of no return… so hoiws ur day going kc? put a smile on! 🙂

  9. it seems me that all of you seem to think that you have life figured out. that we choose to be depressed. sometimes things just keep going down hill year after years until we reach the pont of no return!

  10. I think a good solution for depression is to stop doing things that depress you and stop hanging around depressing people. There’s so many things in this world to take an interest in that bring joy to yourself and others. Enjoy and spread the love

  11. Hopefully everyone who tries to commit suicide, jumps properly so they land on their head instead of their feet. Landing on feet is the most common reason for failing in suicide jumps.

  12. It sadens me to think that someone feels so alone and so hurt. They feel they have no friends or family that cares about them! Everyone has someone that cares! Reach out! Please be that friend to someone you know is having a hard time! It only takes a second to change someone’s mind… I know!

  13. I wish people would try to find something they truly love on this disgusting planet, and try to hold onto it as long as possible. That’s what kept me from taking a knife and ripping out my veins.

  14. The Foresthill Bridge is a big one for Nor-Cal, in particularly Auburn and Sacramento area. I hear that there have been over 64 suicides since it opened… nearly ten a year… that is almost one a month!

  15. found that New Mexico has some good ones. Drove over that San Fransisco one…it is kind of busy…which is the same case with Taos, NM…if your like myself, and want to “work up the courage” I personally think the “signs” would be useless to suicide jumpers…it wouldnt work on me…at all…but I guess it would disuade some?
    Nice post!
    Any good bridge would do the trick, I’d think?

  16. i’m heading for the royal gorge bridge during my last roadtrip. it seems like [email protected] are too lazy to anything good. seriously, hitting up the same spot repeatedly? at least i won’t have to worry about being stalked, harassed, and have my house broken into by the corrupt ass police. read about me 😀

  17. I am about 5 minutes walk from the Bristol (Clifton) Suspension Bridge right now, it’s a stunning bridge and was built by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, ironically my friend’s mother tried to jump off of it yesterday but was talked down by police, despite that death’s from the bridge or even attempted suicides are very rare indeed as it is such a busy bridge and constantly manned by bridge employees and cameras.

  18. Well as far for the people looking for Netty Jetty bridge to be their suicide spot, I have a suggestion that there is a beautiful food street with delicious food just meters away so don’t miss to have a good food before u leave this wonderful world with great people like me:)

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